Molly Van Houweling

  • Harold C. Hohbach Distinguished Professor of Patent Law and Intellectual Property
    Associate Dean, J.D. Curriculum and Teaching
    Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Tel: 510-643-2670 | Fax: 510-643-2673
  • 447 Law Building (North Addition), Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
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Molly Shaffer Van Houweling joined the Berkeley Law faculty in fall 2005 from the University of Michigan Law School, where she had been an assistant professor since 2002. Van Houweling’s teaching and research interests include intellectual property, law and technology, property, and food law. She was a visiting professor at Berkeley Law in 2004-05.

Before joining the Michigan faculty, Van Houweling was president of Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that facilitates sharing of intellectual property. Van Houweling has also served as senior adviser to the president and board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the entity that oversees the Internet Domain Name System. She has been a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Van Houweling clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Van Houweling’s recent publications include “Author Autonomy and Atomism in Copyright Law” in the Virginia Law Review (2010); “The New Servitudes,” in the Georgetown Law Journal; “Distributive Values in Copyright” in the Texas Law Review (2005); and “Cultural Environmentalism and the Constructed Commons,” in Law and Contemporary Problems (2007).


B.A., University of Michigan (1994)
J.D., Harvard Law School (1998)

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